LA CRESCENTA — For a while, it appeared as though the St. Francis High and Flintridge Prep boys' basketball teams would be locked into a tight contest.
Then, that scenario quickly vanished thanks to a huge offensive display put on by the Golden Knights.
Zack Gardea finished with 30 points and Emerson Castaneda added 19 on Tuesday afternoon to spark St. Francis to a 68-42 pool-play victory against neighbor Flintridge Prep in a pool-play game of the Falcon Classic at Crescenta Valley High.
St. Francis held an 8-7 lead with 5:10 left in the first quarter before using a 25-3 run to take a 33-10 lead with 6:06 remaining in the second quarter.
"In the first quarter and into the second quarter, we were first to every loose ball and we got some quick baskets," said St. Francis co-Coach Ray O'Brien, whose team improved to 2-0 and will next meet Hart in a pool-play game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. "I think we were able to then get hot and pull away.